Care for Our Earth Grants

The Care for Our Earth Grants are designed for teachers interested in environmental instruction or service projects with their students. Projects must focus on the following subject areas: energy conservation, reducing air pollution, water supply and conservation, and recycling.
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Eligibility: Any Santa Barbara County public school teacher or non-management certificated employee in grades PreK-12 in any subject or specialization may apply for the Care for Our Earth Grants.

Project Focus: Energy and/or water conservation, reducing air pollution, recycling, water supply, water education.

Grant Application:  Check back Fall 2020.

Grant Application Deadline:  Fall 2020.

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Click here to view prior Care for Our Earth Grant recipients and projects.

Funding level: $300


Grants funds may be used for: field trips, guest speakers, project supplies, equipment or devices for conserving energy or water, science experiments, displays, artwork, etc. Additional funds may also be available to support a school-wide education program/assembly on water education. Please contact Teacher Programs for details (805) 964-4711 ext. 5277.

How are grants selected? 
Grant applications are read and selected by a committee of SBCEO administrators and business and community partners. Annual funding levels determine the number of grants awarded each year.

Grant writing tips: 
The selection committee is looking for polished project proposals that provide a detailed explanation of the project and description of how the grant funds will be spent.

When will I hear if my application was selected? 
Notifications will be made approximately three weeks after the deadline.

Care for Our Earth Grant recipients will: 

  • Be recognized at the Education Celebration event in the spring.
  • Allow projects to be highlighted and digitally shared with other educators to encourage the dissemination of quality instructional practices.

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“I was a grateful recipient of a Care for Our Earth Grant this year.  It’s a very simple, yet effective project that I have used in the past to reduce the playground trash that comes from snacks and lunches.  A bucket, a pair of salad tongs and a willing participant is all it takes.  With my grant proceeds, I purchased paint buckets and tongs locally and my second grade students decorated their buckets with environmental inspirational drawings and slogans and we were off and running.  After the initial roll out, students have access to their buckets throughout the day and during recesses.  I never use trash pick up as form of punishment or behavior modification, but instead remind them of the rewards of a clean campus and how their efforts prevent our school trash from becoming marine debris.  They love it.  I had a little girl one day hold up a plastic bag and say, “Teacher, I just saved a sea turtle!” Thank you for your continued support of the grant program and putting funding where it truly counts, schools and the environment!”
~ Teacher, Santa Barbara Unified School District